Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 20, 2015

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School board approves resolution to place replacement levy proposal on ballot February 9

This proposed Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy would help maintain the current level of teaching and educational programs. This is not a new tax, but a continuation of local operating funds for the district. The state only funds approximately 70 percent of the district’s General Fund budget for Walla Walla Public Schools. This proposed Replacement Levy impacts nearly all aspects of district programs and services by funding 20 percent of the district’s General Fund. Federal dollars make up the remaining 10 percent of the district’s budget. The voter-approved 2012 Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy expires in December 2016 and this Levy would replace it.

Proposed Election Details
- Election date: February 9, 2016 (Four-year levy)
- Ballots mail out to voters January 21, 2016
- 50% + 1 vote required for approval

Summary of 2016 Levy Proposal
2017 - $11,234,122 (projected rate $3.70 per $1,000)
2018 - $11,458,504 (projected rate $3.73 per $1,000)
2019 - $11,687,674 (projected rate $3.77 per $1,000)
2020 - $11,921,427 (projected rate $3.81 per $1,000)
These rates are based on per $1,000 of assessed property value.

What does the levy fund? The following programs and services were funded by the Educational Programs and Operations levy during the 2014-2015 school year.

Program / Staff Estimated % of Levy
- 33 Extra teachers - 39%
1. Teachers to reduce class size
2. Music and PE Specialists
3. Fine Arts (Music and Drama)
4. AP, Honors, 6th and 7th periods @ Wa-Hi
- School Health Clinicians (K-12) - 2.5%
- Highly Capable (Gifted) Program 3-8 grades - 2%
- Extra-curricular (music, athletics, drama, FFA) - 13%
- Educational Assistants (Para-Educators) - 2.5%
- Intervention Specialists - 3.5%
- Special Education Programs - 6%
- Bargaining agreements for certificated and classified staff - 13%
(staffing salaries and benefits above state funded levels)
- Utilities - 6%
- Facilities Maintenance/Custodial Services - 8.5%
- Technology (Chromebooks, infrastructure, training) - 4%

What will the proposed levy cost you? Proposed rates are similar to those approved in 2012
(Below is the 2017 estimated tax bill for the proposed levy)
Home Value:
- $175,000 - 2016 (current): $640.50 / 2017 (proposed) $647.50 (estimated $7 increase annually)
- $250,000 - 2016 (current): $915.00 / 2017 (proposed) $925.00 (estimated $10 increase annually)
- $350,000 - 2016 (current) $1281.00 / 2017 (proposed) $1,295.00 (estimated $14 increase annually)

Election Information
- Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan at 526-6714 or e-mail: bjordan@wwps.org
- Communications Director Mark Higgins at 526-6716 or e-mail: mhiggins@wwps.org
- Online: www.wwps.org

Golden retires following 28 years of school board service

School board member Anne Golden participated in her final school board meeting Tuesday night after 28 years of service. Community members and staff thanked Golden during a public reception following the school board meeting. School board members also unanimously approved a resolution to permanently name the boardroom the “Anne Golden Boardroom.” Below is the resolution in its entirety.

Resolution #10-2015: Naming of Facility - Anne Golden Boardroom
WHEREAS, Mrs. Anne Golden has served as a Walla Walla School District board member from 1987-2015, including eight terms as board president; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Golden, during her career on the Walla Walla School District Board of Directors, has provided leadership through serving as Legislative Representative and participating on the following committees: Curriculum Advisory & Instructional Materials, PSE Negotiations, Certificated Negotiations, District Calendar, and Safe Schools; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Golden has represented the Pacific Northwest Region as a board member of the National School Boards Association; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Golden served on the board for Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), including as Vice President, President-Elect, and President, and on many WSSDA committees including: Education Program, Legislative Committee Member & Chair, Task Force Chair – Weighted Vote, Task Force Chair – Student Achievement, and Special Education Advisory Council. She was also appointed by the Governor to the K-12 Advisory Council, part of Washington Learns/legislative approved study of education finance; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Golden has provided school board trainings to numerous school boards across the state of Washington, presented at WSSDA conferences, state and region workshops, is a graduate of the Texas School Board Association Leadership Program and helped renew WSSDA’s leadership program; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Golden has served her local community of Walla Walla through many community and philanthropic activities such as: American Heart Association (local & national) including national board chair, and CPR and AED instructor for over 20 years, Camp Fire (local & national), YWCA (local & national), United Way board president and campaign chair, and local school PTAs. She has also served as board member of Children’s Home Society, YMCA, Red Cross, Assumption Church Parish Council, Walla Walla Community College Foundation Board, Walla Walla General Hospital Advisory Board, Governor appointment to Council on Volunteerism & Citizen Service, and Governor appointment to Correctional Industry Board, including 5 years as Chair.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that in recognition and honor of Mrs. Golden’s many years of service and leadership, the Board of Directors of Walla Walla School District #140 hereby declares the Walla Walla School District Administration Boardroom be named the Anne Golden Boardroom.

Personnel Report (from November 17, 2015 – School Board Meeting)

Certificated: Angela Bona, Third Grade (temporary), Berney Elementary
Classified: Sharis Colvin, Para-Educator (temporary), Walla Walla High School
Patricia Cruz, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op
Brittney Cutlip, Para-Educator (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary
Mireya Perez, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op
Jennifer Warner, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park Elementary
Ann Wilson, Para-Educator (temporary), Berney Elementary

Classified: Jordon Poynor, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 1 year

Coaching: Kate Keyes, Head Softball, Walla Walla High School, 2 years
Kim McDaniels, Head Volleyball, Walla Walla High School, 2 years

Thanksgiving Holiday break schedule

- Early Dismissal: Wednesday, Nov. 25
- No School: Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27
- Classes resume Monday, Nov. 30

District survey seeks input on late start proposal for Walla Walla High School 

Walla Walla Public Schools is conducting a survey as part of a Sleep Study on the benefits and implications of changing Walla Walla High School’s starting time. Under the proposal being studied, first period would begin at 8:30 a.m. at Walla Walla High School. This would push the start of 7th period to 3 p.m. with school ending at 4 p.m. First period currently begins at 7:30 a.m. and 7th period is over at 3 p.m. The proposed change would take effect at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Approximately 50 percent of Walla Walla High School students currently take a first period class beginning at 7:30 a.m. The other 50 percent of Wa-Hi students start school at 8:30 a.m. during second period. Approximately 25 percent of Wa-Hi students have a seven period schedule.

Community, parents, staff and students are encouraged to visit the Walla Walla Public Schools webpage (www.wwps.org) to complete a brief survey and provide input. Hard copies of the survey are also available at all schools and the district office beginning Monday, Nov. 23. The survey will remain open until Friday, Dec. 4.
- English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJYQJP8
- Spanish Survey: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/BTGGB27

All results will be reviewed by the Sleep Study Committee chaired by Executive Director of Business Services Ted Cohan.

For additional information on adolescent sleep patterns and studies, visit the following links:
- http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/a0926_insufficient_sleep.html
- https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/backgrounder-later-school-start-timeshttp://www.startschoollater.net/

For more information on the Sleep Study, contact Cohan at (509) 526-6717 or tcohan@wwps.org.

Free showing of Paper Tigers documentary at Cordiner Hall

The Health Center, Whitman College Student Engagement Center and Walla Walla Public Schools have teamed to bring a free public showing of Paper Tigers to Cordiner Hall Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The Paper Tigers documentary follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students. This film explores how Walla Walla's own Lincoln High school and The Health Center have become promising models for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and health disparities that affect families. Join us in celebrating this film, and the success of Lincoln High School.
Event details
- Paper Tigers Documentary showing
- Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall, Whitman College (46 S. Park St.)
- Free to the public
- Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-screening-tickets-18890587255

Winter weather school closure and delay procedures

At Walla Walla Public Schools, we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Announcements include:
- Regional media release
- Telephone automated message
- Web posting
- Staff e-mail
- E-news message (sign up on the district web site: www.wwps.org)
- Twitter message
- Facebook page message
- Orange signs posted in front of schools

AMVETs join American Education Week celebration at Sharpstein Elementary

American Education Week is November 16-20. American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving and this year marks the 94th annual celebration. Members of the AMVETS Post 1111 (Don Schack, Richard Bardsley, Phillip Shivell) performed colors at Sharpstein Elementary during a before school celebration event. Roberta Bardsley sang the National Anthem. School Board President Sam Wells addressed the students with an historical account of American Education Week.

“In Walla Walla, the district is focused on preparing all students for college and career readiness,” said Wells to Sharpstein students. “We have amazing educators in this district who put the needs of students first.”

School Stories

Garrison Night School offers Spanish classes

Spanish classes will be offered at Garrison Middle School Nov. 23 to March 2. Beginning classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Advanced Beginning classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m..  Visit the Walla Walla Public School district office (364 S. Park St.) to register.  Cost is $25. Educators may also receive 40 clock hours for the duration of the program. For more information, contact Garrison Night School Supervisor Melito Ramirez at (509) 526-8638 or mramirez@wwps.org.

Public School Employees group donates to local food bank

This week members of the Public School Employees association donated $1000 to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Back. Food Bank Director Jeff Mathias received the check from PSE Vice President BJ Colvin. Mathias said the funds are especially appreciated during the holiday season as more needs are present. 

Wa-Hi Fall Drama: A Long Bridge Over Deep Water

This week members of the Public School Employees association donated $1000 to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Back. Food Bank Director Jeff Mathias received the check from PSE Vice President BJ Colvin. Mathias said the funds are especially appreciated during the holiday season as more needs are present.

Wa-Hi Fall Drama: A Long Bridge Over Deep Water
“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” is 10 vignettes woven together in documentary fashion and explores themes of tolerance, diversity, acceptance, and religion. Final performances are this weekend at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” Performance Schedule (remaining):
Friday, Nov. 20 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 2 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 7 p.m.
*All performances are at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium

- Adults $12, Students and Seniors $6
- Drama donors are seated prior to seating of the general public (It’s all general admission with no reserved seating)
- Purchase tickets online by visiting the Walla Walla High School web site: Online payments section - https://intouch.wwps.org
- Tickets may also be purchased at the ASB office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in person)
- Box office opens one hour prior to performance if tickets are available

Meet the Garrison Principal for Coffee Tuesday morning 

The Moms’ Network is excited to host a new monthly program at Garrison Middle School with Principal Robert Elizondo. Parents are invited to join the principal for coffee and danishes to learn more about the school and the resources and programs available to students and parents. All parents and guardians are invited to participate including 5th grade parents of students who will be attending Garrison in the fall of 2016. For more information or to suggest a topic please contact Armida Contreras at acontreras@wwps.org.

Meeting dates:
- Tuesday, Nov. 24 @ 8 a.m. in Room 171 (Spanish)
(NOTE: Please check in at the main office)

Community Stories
W2 for Drug Free Youth Survey

Would you be willing to give up 5 minutes of your time to fill out a survey that will help community leaders develop effective prevention programs addressing youth substance use, depression and suicide? This survey, created by the Division of Behavior Health and Recovery and being implemented by W2 for Drug Free Youth, focuses on adult concerns about substance use, depression and suicide among youth in our community.

This survey is anonymous. That means you will not be asked for your name or address. This survey is voluntary. That means that you can refuse to answer any question or stop the survey at any time. The survey will take 5 minutes to complete. Survey results will be released in the spring of 2016.

Survey Links:
ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWWWON2015
ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WWWWSP2015

For more information:
Peggy Needham, Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coordinator
Trilogy Recovery Community: 515 West Poplar, Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 876-4525

Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom

The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary which provides a bag of books for all newborns in Walla Walla, is conducting its annual Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the program. These adorably wrapped cans with a hyacinth bulb inside make a nice holiday gift. The bulb cans are $5 each.
Order Information
- Send orders by Monday, November 30
- Email bargabk@charter.net or call 529-3527 with number of cans and your contact information for delivery
- Make payment by check to: Books for Babes, c/o Kay Barga, 810 Clay Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
- Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 11

Parent meeting planned for Education First trip to Scandinavia 

Dan Calzaretta and Kathryn Southwick Hess are planning a second meeting for their Education First (EF) trip to Scandinavia in July 2017. An informational meeting for parents/students is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College room 209. All middle & high school students are welcome to participate. The $200 Early Bird discount is in effect until December 15, 2015. Students who have taken a previous EF trip receive an additional discount. This trip is a parent volunteer activity and not a Walla Walla Public Schools activity.

Scandinavia Trip Information
- Kathryn Southwick Hess: mrstravelmama@gmail.com
- Trip website: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1711069XP?utm_source=link&utm_medium=RC&utm_campaign=sharetrip

City Parks & Rec Update

Registration is open for the following programs:
Winter Tennis Camp - January 11-15, 2016
- Beginning - Advanced (Ages 10-18) Cost - $75
- Quickstart (Ages 4-10) Cost - $55

Youth Indoor Soccer League
- January 9-March 12 (Grades K-8), $50

The Body’s Way (Ages 3-6)
- Cost - $160
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

Kirkman House schedules series of holiday events

- BAZAAR: Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, noon until 8 p.m. (free admission)

- VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entertainment includes: a choir group, living history characters and Christmas carolers (free admission)

- KIRKMAN HOUSE LIVE CONCERT: Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. $45.00 (includes reception with hors d’oeuvres); Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m. (Cost -$20) T’was the Night Before Christmas featuring cellist Sally Singer Tuttle, joined by Soprano Monica Griffin Hunter and Celtic Harper Noah Brenner.

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